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"E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism: How the Net can support local and state governance and citizen engagement." In a presentation delivered Sat., March 21, 2009 at the symposium in Boston, by …

"E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism: How the Net can support local and state governance and citizen engagement." In a presentation delivered Sat., March 21, 2009 at the symposium in Boston, by Stephen Clift, founder and board chair, www.E-Democracy.Org, provides 30 examples of ways governments can provide public information in transparent and useful ways via the Internet.

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  • 1. E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism How the Net can support local and state governance and citizen engagement. Steven Clift, Founder and Board Chair E-Democracy.Org
  • 2. Outline • Introduction • 30+ Examples, 30 Seconds Each • Questions: – What’s so essential that … – Will it really make …
  • 3. Hello •It all started in 1994 … •Government by day, citizen by night …
  • 4. A new Athens for Democracy?
  • 5. “News” •Timely access to information so you can: –Know “what’s new” or what someone else thinks is important –Be informed –Be entertained –Take action and influence what happens next
  • 6. The Intelligence is on the Network •Shared my assignment with 4,000+ people •Are you aware of sites that do X or Y? –30+ Examples
  • 7. E-Alerts
  • 8. E-mail notices in St. Paul
  • 9. Digital Recording and Webcasting Oregon and San Francisco require recording of all public meetings by law. Search “Kimo Crossman”. Rule of law – See “Sidewalks for Democracy Online.” Need to require what is most important. What is?
  • 10. Miami Input on Strategic Plan
  • 11. Taskforce and Committee Tools Need for tools for commissions and task forces – WordPress Blog example used by a sanitation district in Oregon
  • 12. Government Spending Information State list maintained by Center for Fiscal Accountability
  • 13. Stimulus/Recovery Transparency
  • 14. Accountability • Deep Transparency – Yalova, Turkey They provided access to: •Council decisions •Immediate flow of incomes •Daily flow of expenditures •Municipal Tenders •Citizen applications and document follow-up •Wealth Declaration - Increase/decrease of income and wealth of top officials (on left) •US – FederalSpending.Gov •Poland – FOI Laws Require Budget Information Online
  • 15. Alberta Gov’s Web Feeds • Those little orange icons
  • 16. DC Direct Data Sharing, Mashup
  • 17. Oakland Crime Data from Police
  • 18. “Scrape and Bake” Crime Data City responds with its own e-alert tool.
  • 19. Reusing Local Gov/Other Data • – 19
  • 20. Gov Data Reuse –
  • 21. MN DNR Lake Finder Multi Sources
  • 22. Democracy/Consultation Portal • Queensland’s democracy portal, policy - AU – • Ask Bristol Consultation and Webcasting - UK 22 –
  • 23. Legislative Online Public Hearings in Brazil
  • 24. E-Rulemaking • Democratized navigation • DOT Provides Public Access to Comments Live Video • Regulations.Gov should
  • 25. Schools and Online Engagement • Moundsview Public Schools – 25
  • 26. Schools and Online Engagement 26
  • 27. Live Rural Villages Town Meeting, India –
  • 28. Right to Petition Government • What is the Magna Carta’s expression in 2007? • U.S. petitioning mostly about e-mail acquisition for advocacy not listening or redress of grievences
  • 29. E-Petitions Hosted by Gov in UK 7+ percent of British population have signed an e-petition here • UK Prime Minister’s E-Petitions – – Kingston upon Thames – 29
  • 30. Community Wiki • Kickapoo Valley, WI – Kickapedia • DC Gov We the People Wiki 30
  • 31. Maps, Camera, Mobile, Action • (UK) – mySociety.Org – 31
  • 32. SeeClickFix – MySociety.Org Inspired
  • 33. Congressional Tweets, Sunlight Foundation
  • 34. Deep Access and Accountability • Estonia’s Today I Decide, Document Register, X-Road (below) 34
  • 35. E-mail Transparency in Palo Alto
  • 36. Gov Voter Guides in Korea
  • 37. Mobile Photos to Enforce Anti-Corruption Election Laws
  • 38. Local “Everywhere” • – Scrape Millions of Local Events • Topix .net – Host online news comments • Virtual Ghost Towns? Civil War? • – search“social media”
  • 39. Changed.Gov? Need Democracy.Gov
  • 40. Citizens Online •With my E-Democracy.Org hat on… •Citizen engagement – community building as outcome v. “news”
  • 41. Private Spaces with “Public” Qualities – v. Online Public Spaces
  • 42. Need Public Spaces – Online Versions of Town Halls, Capitols • Online public spaces, not just “public” commercial spaces • Need for decorum, civility, agenda- setting, relevance, accountability <- The Minnesota Capitol Rotunda
  • 43. Blogofest Destiny? • Blogs democratize media, provide accountability • Compared to forums, most are highly individualistic often privately controlled spaces with some dialogue • Need own blog to join the e-ristocracy
  • 44. Divided We Blog? Source: The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog By Lada Adamic and Natalie Glance
  • 45. Connect 45
  • 46. Connect the Word • Blog • Forum • Online News/Blog Comments • Chat • Social Network • Online Consultation • Online Working Group • Web Feed 46
  • 47. Creating City Hall Public Space - Local Media Cit oup Ctizen #1 Coverage yC Issues Arts Gr ou nci r Forums rte Ma lor o y p or Re New ate R andid esid C ent Issues Forum C i GroupServer Personal t Local Biz e-mails posts Subscribe once Networks i web view Commitment secured z Post via e-mail/web e Libra rian n s 0 50 Ne Ad en igh v oc tiz Forum Manager bo ac Ci “Secondary yG rho Networks” ro ice od up e-mail forwards Civil Society Pol Lea der
  • 48. Conclusion
  • 49. Discussion Questions • What is so essential from local and state government that it needs to be accessible 24 x 7 online? – With options for • What’s new? • What’s changed? • What’s important (or what others think is important)? • Who is trying to change/influence it?
  • 50. Discussion Questions • (How) Will this make things “better?” What’s the outcome that justifies the investment in resources to make the best aspects of e-democracy universal? – Best Practices v. Legal Mandates – Representative v. Participatory Democracy – Informed v. Activated (Protest, etc.) v. Citizen Problem-solving/volunteerism
  • 51. Links to Everything • From: –
  • 52. Extra Slides
  • 53. Digital Parade – Social Networks
  • 54. FYI - Briefs and Case Studies • Briefs • Case Studies – Advanced Web Comment – Canadian International Forms Policy eDiscussions – Budget Proposals Online – Community Blogging - – Content Syndication Northfield, Minnesota – Community Portals – Community Forums and News in Subang Jaya - – Democracy Portal Malaysia – Democratized Navigation – Listening to the City - New – Elected Official Videos York City – E-mail Response Policy – Madrid Participa – E-Newsletters – NordPol - Northern – E-Notification Denmark – Geographic Personalisation – Queensland's E-democracy – M-Democracy - Mobile Leadership Content – Seoul's Online Policy – SMS Citizen Input Forum – Voter Education Online – Seattle's Online Civic – Wireless Internet Engagement Initiative ights
  • 55. Recent Articles • Ten Practical Online Steps for Government Support of Democracy – Part of new 47 page U.S. government publication about e-democracy titled, “How E-Government is Changing Society and Strengthening Democracy.” • Also see - UK Local E-Democracy Project – See:
  • 56. Government Support for Democracy Online 1. Timely, personalized access to information that matters. 2. Help e-officials receive, sort and better understand and respond to e-mail.
  • 57. Government Support for Democracy Online 3. Dedicate at least 10% of new e-government developments to democracy. – Not “services first, democracy later.” 9. Fund open source sharing internationally across government.
  • 58. Government Support for Democracy Online 4. Announce all government public meetings on the Internet in a uniform matter. 5. Allow all people to look-up all of their elected officials from the very local to national in one search. 6. Host online public hearings and dialogues
  • 59. Government Support for Democracy Online 7. Embrace the rule of law by mandating the most democratically empowering online services and rights across the whole of government. – Open meeting laws, ethics information 8. Promote dissemination through access to raw data from decision- making information systems.
  • 60. Government Support for Democracy Online 10. Local up – Build a strategic approach to building local democracy online – Absolute need for non-partisan, convening approaches – Government, media, universities, non-profits, business all must contribute something – Public interest use “of” the Internet not just “on” it